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FCC Gets Go-Ahead For Plan To Expand Rural Internet Access

jest3r Yes! (156 comments)

The FCC is soooo awesome for doing this!

Finally they stood up to the telecoms and now I trust them completely to ensure that the Internet will be free, open and available to everyone.

I've never understood the hate as of late.

about 4 months ago

ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

jest3r Re:Can confirm (289 comments)

Same here. For the past week or two I have been experiencing all sorts of glitches, stoppages and buffering through Netflix. My local ISP on demand service is fine though. Before last week everything was awesome!

Called my ISP about it - they said contact Netflix.

Maybe Netflix should add net neutrality to the House of Cards story arc to get the word out???

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

jest3r death of a "brand" (2219 comments)

Please consider the following branding points:

  • Why did you make the logo smaller but increase the overall height of the top navbar? (now you have more wasted space up there for what?)
  • Why did you change the "Slashdot Green" colour? We all like the current green (the new green appears washed out).
  • Why are the Icons no longer beside the story titles? (the icons have always been a big part of the Slashdot "brand" and help with readability.)
  • Why did you remove the "Slashdot Green" title bars on all the stories? The title bars are also a big part of the Slashdot "brand" and also help with readability by clearly dividing the stories and providing an easy to see visual cue that delineates the new stories and even the comment threads.
  • Why did you remove the tags and/or make them boring? The tags added some dry humour to the stories (eg. whatcouldpossiblygowrong) which while subtle, was also a part of the Slashdot experience. Little unique details make a difference. Now the tags seem to be gone or just generic boring categorizations.
  • Why are you cutting off the Summary on the Homepage View? (reading the full summary without having to click anything is imperative to ensuring the website is readable.)
  • Why did you remove the Slashdot Green Title Bars from the comment threads? (the green title bars create an easy to see delineation between the comments and are easy to see even when scrolling fast. (they are also part of that Slashdot Brand I was talking about)

  • Why is there so much more padding and spacing between everything? Why are the font sizes so much larger? Did your user base suddenly become senior citizens?

Over the past decade the Slashdot logo, the Slashdot green, the title bars and icons, unique details and config options have become part and parcel of the "Slashdot Brand". It's what makes Slashdot unique. By ignoring this you weaken your brand and your reader's loyalty. You are basically stripping away all that is Slashdot without adding anything useful or new!!!!

about 7 months ago

Salesforce, a Pillow Maker and a $125k AmEx Bill

jest3r Re:What? (228 comments)

Ya who gives a shit ... wtf happened to this website ... I guess I'm trolling now ...

about a year ago

Intel's Pentium Chip Turns 20 Today

jest3r Re:Ahh, Pentium. (197 comments)

Those were the good 'ole days. My CPU path was something like this:

486 DX2/66 -> Pentium Overdrive -> Pentium 200 -> Pentium Celeron 300A (over clocked to 450) ......

Video cards went something like:

Matrox Millenium -> Diamond Monster 3D -> 3DFX Voodoo II x 2 ......

about a year and a half ago

Twitter, Hotmail, LinkedIn, Yahoo Open To Hijacking

jest3r Re:Not a new exploit (50 comments)

All the hacker has to do is embed a link or image into an email and send that email to the Yahoo account of the victim. The victim then logs in and clicks the link or views the images. Assuming Yahoo doesn't filter out he embedded code the hackers gets the victim's cookies.

Simplified example:
Embedded image src in email:<script>alert(document.cookie)</script>

Obviously more complicated because you need to mask your embedded code to get through the filters but that is the basis of the XSS hack that has been hitting Yahoo all year ...

And because the sessions on the server never expire the hacker can gain access. I'm not sure how https would help in this scenario.

- Basically you need to pass a salted, hashed version of the session ID or random string (as a hidden form field) on all page views or form submissions and check that against both the session cookie and the hidden form field to make sure the cookie is coming from the original source (since there would be no way for the hacker to get that string as well). And invalidate the session if it doesn't match up. Also expire and delete the sessions after 6 hours of inactivity would help as well.

about a year and a half ago

GoPro Issues DMCA Takedown Over Negative Review

jest3r Re:IANAL: DMCA and Trademark Infringement (232 comments)

If you own a Review Website ... time to move the hosting outside of the USA.

Why does the hosting provider have to get involved anyways? Isn't the content of the website the responsibility of the domain owner? Someone please explain why the hosting company would have shut the entire website down if they didn't remove the page?

about a year ago

FAA Grants Arlington Texas Police Department Permission To Fly UAVs

jest3r Re:Please fly over my house (158 comments)

If one of these things is flying over YOUR PROPERTY are you allowed to blast it out of the sky?

Or will doing so bring the wrath of the justice department upon you until you are either bankrupt, in jail, or worse.

It seems like surveillance state / police state is becoming a reality.

about a year and a half ago

Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

jest3r Re:Tipping point ... (427 comments)

Thank-you. I hate when EA lovers try to rewrite history.

about a year and a half ago

Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

jest3r Re:Tipping point ... (427 comments)

No-one said it was a conspiracy. SimCity was just the tipping point.

EA has made MANY terrible decisions over the past 5 years. No conspiracy ... just a company out of touch with reality and losing touch with their core market. CEO gets fired.

Madden continued to be a strong NFL sports franchise because there's no other official NFL games anymore ...

about a year and a half ago

Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

jest3r Re:Finally! (427 comments)


about a year and a half ago

Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

jest3r Re:Finally! (427 comments)

Riccitiello's 10-point plan to Success

1. Buy Franchise
2. Water Down Experience for Casual Players
3. Add Online
4. Add Co-op
5. Add Gritty Camera Filters
6. Overwork Developers
7. Pretend Game is Finished
8. Add DLC / Make Old Features New by Converting Them to DLC
9. Pay for Good Reviews
10. Hype the Fuck Out of The Game

about a year and a half ago

Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

jest3r Re:Tipping point ... (427 comments)

Ultimately, EA's problem with SimCity was that they had too many paying customers.

Uh no. Their shares have been at sitting at all time lows since 2008 and John Riccitiello with whom they brought in to fix things has shit the bed. There is more bad news on the revenue front coming soon (as the press release indicates).

Riccitiello destroyed the NFL franchise, killed almost every other big name game (Command and Conquer, Mass Effect), bet the bank on Spore and lost, and oversaw the launch of a bug-plagued online service that is now shutting down more old games that people purchased than launching new ones.


about a year and a half ago

Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

jest3r Tipping point ... (427 comments)

SimCity was the tipping point.

Remember, EA was recently ranked as the Worst Company in America. Gamers have been complaining about EA way before SimCity. Like when EA negotiated an exclusive rights deal on all NFL games and then churned out the worst NFL games for years and years to come. They have ruined many, many franchises.

about a year and a half ago

Electronics Arts CEO ousted in wake of SimCity launch disaster

jest3r Bugged out ... (2 comments)

SimCity was the tipping point.

Remember, EA was recently ranked as the Worst Company in America. People have been complaining about $60 downloadable only games locked into EA's servers way before SimCity.

about a year and a half ago

Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

jest3r Re:Backwards compatibility (497 comments)

The F35 would probably have more support if it was called a Super-Duper-Marine Spitfire for sure ... nostalgia sells.
Alternatively you can build your own Spitfire for about $395,000 today Link

For that price our military could purchase 1,500 of them for the same price as the lifetime cost of ONE F35 ($600 Million)

Imagine if you were the lone pilot of an F35 and 1,500 Spitfires came down on you .... haha!

about a year and a half ago

Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

jest3r Re:Backwards compatibility (497 comments)

A force multiplier against who?
Combat against who?

I'm sure most Canadians (myself included) are all for modernizing the military ... but $600 Million Per Jet Source is insane!

about a year and a half ago



Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

jest3r jest3r writes  |  about a year ago

jest3r (458429) writes "Lavabit won a victory in court and were able to get the secret court order unsealed. The ACLU's Chris Soghoian called it the nuclear option. The court order revealed the FBI demanded Lavabit turn over their root SSL certificate, something that would allow them to monitor the traffic of every user of the service.

Lavabit offered an alternative method to tap into the single user in question but the FBI wasn't interested.

Lavabit could either comply or shut down. As such no US company that relies on SSL encryption can be trusted with sensitive data. Everything from Google to Facebook to Skype to your bank account is only encrypted by SSL keys, and if the FBI can force Lavabit to hand over their SSL key or face shutdown they can do it to anyone."

Link to Original Source

Apple censoring iCloud emails - deciding what you can and can't say.

jest3r jest3r writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jest3r (458429) writes "MacWord reports that Apple iCloud mail deletes messages and attachments that contain unsavoury internet phrases. They tested this by sending a test email from a personal iCloud account that read "My friend's son is already allowed to drive his high-powered car. It's ridiculous. He's a barely legal teenage driver? What on earth is John thinking". Because the email contains the phrase "barely legal teen" it never got delivered.

The Apple iCould TOS states: "Apple reserves the right at all times to determine whether Content is appropriate and in compliance with this Agreement, and may pre-screen, move, refuse, modify and/or remove Content at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion".

Will this be the trend for all Cloud Service Providers — monitoring and removing content they deem inappropriate? or is this Apple taking the moral high ground?"

Link to Original Source

US Government Says You Don't Own Your Cloud Data so We Can Access It At Any Time

jest3r jest3r writes  |  about 2 years ago

jest3r (458429) writes "Yesterday the EFF filed a brief proposing a process for the Court in the Megaupload case to hold the government accountable for the actions it took (and failed to take) when it shut down Megaupload's service and denied third parties access to their property. Many businesses used Megaupload's cloud service to store and share files not related to piracy. The government is calling for a long, drawn-out process that would require individuals or small companies to travel to courts far away and engage in multiple hearings just to get their own property back. The government's argument that you lose all your property rights by storing your data on the cloud could apply to Amazon's S3 or Google Apps or or Apple iCloud services as well."
Link to Original Source

Is a 15" Macbook worth the extra thousand?

jest3r jest3r writes  |  about 2 years ago

jest3r (458429) writes "My sister who is a school teacher was looking for a new 15" laptop to replace her old Windows one ... I mentioned that Apple has discounts for teachers (good!!)

However to our dismay the only 15" laptop Apple offers is $1799 ??!! Meanwhile at Best Buy virtually all 15" Windows laptops are $500 or less ... There seems to a major GAP in the laptop product line?!! The prices are not even close here !!!

I tried to give my best sales pitch — but even I (a dedicated Apple user) couldn't come up with a reason to spend so much more ...

Can any Slashdot users enlighten me as to how to sell a 15" Macbook to a Windows user thinking of switching from a similar Windows laptop?"


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